Tom Nicholson

Tom Nicholson is an artist who lives in Melbourne. He often works with archival material and the visual languages of politics, often using public actions and focussing on the relationship between actions and their traces. He has made a number of works engaging aspects of Australia’s early colonial history, using combinations of drawings, monumental forms, and posters, often drawing these histories into relation with the histories of other places.

His recent work has been shown in Meeting Points 7, at M HKA in Antwerp, 21er Haus in Vienna, and the Beirut Art Centre, curated by WHW; at Art Gallery of New South Wales in Sydney; the Selestat Biennial, France; Melbourne Now at the NGV; the inaugural Qalandiya International, in 2012; the 2012 Adelaide Biennale, Parallel Collisions; the exhibition Marking Time at the MCA, Sydney, 2012; the 2012 Tarrawarra Biennial; Second world, curated by WHW, at Galeria Nova in Zagreb and as part of the 2011 Steirischer Herbst in Graz, Austria; in the 2010 Shanghai Biennale; the 4th Auckland Triennial, Last Ride in a Hot Air Balloon, 2010; To the arts, citizens! at the Serralves Museum, Porto, 2010; and Animism, at Extra City and M HKA, Antwerp, 2010.

Other works addressing the possibilities of a new kind of monument or public art-making have been exhibited in the recent exhibition Future Memorials, the TarraWarra Museum of Art, with Jonathan Jones and Aunty Joy Murphy Wandin; Since we last spoke about monuments, at Stroom Den Haag in 2008; Zones of Contact, the 2006 Sydney Biennale. His on-going collaboration with the NY-based composer Andrew Byrne has been presented in Antwerp in 2013, Shanghai in 2010, in Venice by the Italian contemporary music ensemble L’Arsenale in 2009, and in Bath in 2008 and in Melbourne in 2006. His long-term collaboration with Raafat Ishak was last year the subject of a survey at the Shepparton Art Museum. Along with Ishak, he was an active member of the artist collective and gallery, Ocular Lab (2003-2010).

Tom Nicholson is represented by Milani Gallery, Brisbane, and is a Lecturer in Drawing in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture at Monash University.

July 2014